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The country’s Covid-19 death toll continues to rise, with health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday announcing that five more people have succumbed to the deadly virus. Khomas police chief Commissioner Joseph Shikongo has warned against citizens taking the Covid-19 state of emergency curfew lightly. The father of the late Hango Ekonia Shipepe is not happy with the decision by the Okahao Magistrate’s Court to grant bail to the murder accused of his 19-year-old son. As Covid-19 spreads throughout the country, 12 offenders and one officer at the Windhoek correctional facility have tested positive for the virus. Water is scarce at farm Hatsamas 283 – a settlement that is part of the Windhoek Rural constituency, situated 60km outside Dordabis. The health ministry has so far spent about N$51 million on the quarantining and isolation of Covid-19 patients since March this year. The Khomas Regional Council says it has so far managed to provide safe water to 28 out of 31 sites identified in the region. He said people mostly use the Kapps farm road pretending they are going to the farms, only to connect through Otjinene and Grootfontein. Cases of housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances have been opened by the police against various suspects She said the negative results are now being collected at the old filling station near the health ministry’s regional office since Tuesday this week. The Chinese embassy in Namibia handed over 40 000 masks to the City of Windhoek on Friday afternoon as part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The country has reported three fresh fatalities due to Covid-19, including the death of a healthcare worker, deputy minister of health Esther Muinjangue announced yesterday. The City of Windhoek has rehired nearly 600 workers whose contracts had ended at the end of July this year. Jonas Halwoondi shares a one-bedroom home with his wife and two children in Windhoek’s Goreangab informal settlement. Goreangab is considered the hotspot of the virus in the capital, with an increasing caseload reported almost every day. The governor of the Khomas region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, says she is concerned about the shortage or lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, sanitisers and gloves for police officers manning the roadblock at Kapp’s farm outside Windhoek. The councillor of Samora Machel constituency, Samuel Shivute, has urged the City of Windhoek to speed up the process of allocating plots to residents to address congestion challenges and ultimately curb the spread of infectious diseases such as Covid-19. Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu says she will launch an investigation after a water tank used by the Goreangab informal settlement was stolen last week Monday. A 53-year-old man was arrested at the weekend for the alleged rape of two minor girls aged seven and eight during July this year. The City of Windhoek has appealed to the nation to help trace the family of the late Amalia Ihones, who died in 1963 and was buried at farm 508, which is part of the Havana informal settlement. Government through the ministry of health has constructed eight isolation facilities across the country since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.